The Friday 5×2: KRLA (1110 AM Los Angeles), 12/28/63

For the last Friday 5×2 of this year, I’ve chosen the year-end 1963 survey from KRLA in Los Angeles. They’re now KRDC and are now known as "Radio Disney Country." Thanks to Oldiesloon for hosting the survey.

    1. The Righteous Brothers, "Koko Joe" A song that’s been covered by Jerry Reed, it’s from their debut album, 1963’s Right Now!. It didn’t make the Hot 100, but obviously it was popular in LA.
    1. The Beach Boys, "Little Saint Nick" This was the only Christmas-themed song on KRLA’s Tune-Dex (their name for their survey). It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Christmas Singles chart, and has been pulled out of mothballs every Christmas since.
    1. Tommy Roe, "Everybody" Before Tommy’s "Dizzy" and "Sweet Pea" days, he was still popular. This reached #3 in the US and Canada and #9 in the UK, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard it.
    1. Round Robin, "Do the Slauson" All I can think of is Johnny Carson’s "Tea Time Movie" bit where he was giving directions on how to get somewhere in LA. There was always one place where you drove to the Slauson Cutoff, then cut off your Slauson. The Blossoms appear on this record as backup singers, and appears to have only been a hit in LA.
    1. Bobby Rydell, "Forget Him" Another song I haven’t heard before, even though it reached #4 on the Hot 100, #3 on the AC chart, and #13 in the UK.
    1. The Singing Nun, "Dominique" Jeanne Deckers, also known as Dominican Sister Luc-Gabrielle (or Soeur Sourire ("Sister Sunshine") or the Singing Nun) had a surprise hit with a French-language son about St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominican order. It reached #1 in the US and Canada and did very well in the rest of the world.
    1. The Murmaids, "Popsicles and Icicles" Sisters Carol and Terry Fischer and Sally Gordon reached #3 nationally with this, their only hit record. You’ll notice the song was written by David Gates, later the leader of the ’70’s band Bread.
    1. Shirley Ellis, "The Nitty Gritty" Best known for "The Name Game," she had a #8 hit with this. She seemed to do well with novelty records.
    1. The Marketts, "Out Of Limits" The Marketts were a fairly successful istrumental group whose only Top 10 hit was this one, which reached #3 nationally. Several years later, they had a minor hit with the Batman theme.
    1. The Kingsmen, "Louie Louie" This video shows the actual lyrics of the song, not the ones everyone thinks they hear. For reference, here’s the obscene version, which also shows the right lyrics. Show of hands: who likes the dirty version better? This was their only Top 10 hit (it reached #2), but they had a #17 hit with their next record, "Money."

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for December 27, 2019.

14 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KRLA (1110 AM Los Angeles), 12/28/63

  1. Slauson Ave is just a few blocks from where I live so I often do the Slauson since my wife’s father and sister live off of that street several miles from where we are. Slauson is a very long city street.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


      1. Wilshire is indeed a long street–I’ve probably driven most if not all of it since this is the way I usually come back when I’ve visited Venice Beach/Santa Monica area and it does go a long way. However I’m pretty sure that Slauson is a longer street that goes through some less desirable areas of L.A. I’ve probably driven most or all of this street as well. In fact just the other day I got on Slauson near its western terminus and drove it all the way to my town which is a few miles short of the eastern terminus. It makes for a long drive, but more interesting I think than being on the freeways.

        Arlee Bird
        Tossing It Out


        1. Any time I could avoid getting on the freeways when I was in LA, I did. I used to take Lincoln Avenue from Santa Monica to the airport. Probably took me twice the time, but it was worth it not getting on the freeway.


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